TORONTO, ON – In an article that will make plenty of Ontario beer geeks very happy, beer writer Crystal Luxmore of weekly Toronto magazine The Grid reports that Black Oak Brewing is bringing back its popular 10 Bitter Years Imperial IPA for another limited run.
First released in 2009 to mark the brewery’s 10th anniversary, 10 Bitter Years was a near instant sell out then, and on the two other occasions that it’s been made available since. This popularity has inspired the creation of a fourth batch despite the difficulties of brewing a beer with such a large quantity of malt and hops – although according to the article, the brewery is looking into options to make it easier to brew the beer more frequently in the future:
Black Oak’s new brewmaster Simon da Costa is working out a new technique – steeping the hops inside the tanks like a giant tea bag – which is more efficient then the old method of dumping the hops in and scraping them out. And there is talk of getting it onto the LCBO shelves by the year’s end.
The new batch of Black Oak 10 Bitter Years is currently fermenting, and will be available in bottles at the brewery and on tap at select bars and pubs in early April.